Transitioning my wardrobe for Autumn/Winter

I can honestly say I love Autumn/Winter way more than Summer. I’m a girl that likes to be warm and cosy so I’m all for big jumpers and boots therefore you can bet I’m counting down the days until Summer officially ends.

I’ve been starting to slowly introduce new pieces into my wardrobe this last month in preparation for the cooler weather but I’m also trying not to spend an absolute fortune on a winter wardrobe.

Something I’m embracing more this year is florals; a pattern I would steer clear of in the past. I’ve purchased more midi and maxi dresses/skirts to pair up with chunky knits and oversized tees.

A colour I’m trying out more is white. When Freya was a lot younger I would never have risked wearing white but I’ve bought a few tops and t-shirts in this colour recently as it works with a multitude of patterns and denim.

*Jacket gifted from Rydale clothing*

Lastly I’m trying out more fitted styles of tops/jumpers/jackets. I’ve really struggled with my shape since having a baby and have stuck to oversized or baggier clothing. My confidence is slowly creeping back and I’m trying out new styles again. That includes this gorgeous fitted quilted jacket from Rydale Clothing. This style of jacket would have been too fitted for me in the past but now I actually wear it with confidence. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to continue so I can wear it all the time. I think it’s the perfect staple for winter that will work with dresses/skirts and even denim.

I’m willing the cooler weather to come but am happy to wait until after our holiday to Rome soon. After that, roll on Autumn/Winter so I can wear all the chunky knits and jackets.

Laura x

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Spicing up mealtimes with Capsicana

I’m not a big cook at home, I’ll be the first one to admit. I can cook at most about 3 meals whereas my husband makes the majority and he absolutely loves cooking. One of our favourite food types is Mexican so when Capsicana got in touch to offer us a couple of their products to try out, we were more than thrilled to give them a go.

We received the Mexican Chilli & Honey Fajita Kit as well as the ultimate refried black beans and couldn’t wait to get tucked in.

*gifted items*

The first thing on the menu was chilli beef tacos using the refried black beans. We had crispy taco shells at home anyway so it was just a case of making up the mince mixture to go inside and cutting up a load of salad to add to each taco. We absolutely loved the tacos and the black beans were incredibly tasty.

The following week we then made fajitas however rather than frying up the chicken as recommended, we decided to slow cook the chicken whilst we were at work all day using the honey and chilli sauce from the kit. I loosely shredded the chicken once cooked and let it sit in the sauce for 15 minutes before dishing up. I also bought a pre-packaged salad (for ease), cut up tomato and created the salsa as recommended on the box, and grated cheese.

The fajitas were absolutely incredible and the chilli and honey sauce had the right amount of kick to it without being too hot. Even my husband really enjoyed the sauce that came in the kit.

Overall we were blown away by how much we loved these products and since trying them, I’ve spotted them in my local Sainsburys. We will 100% be purchasing these kits again in future as they genuinely spiced up our usually favourites and added a little extra oomph for us.

Laura x

*Post contains gifted items*

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Days Out: Northwood Trail

One of the perks of living in Stamford Bridge is feeling as though you are living completely in the countryside whilst being 20 minutes drive away from York. When we talk to our neighbours who have recently moved here, they all say its got the best of both worlds and is a gorgeous place to bring up your family.

We are always on the lookout for fabulous new places to try out as a family so when we were offered the chance to visit Northwood Trail, 5 minutes away from our house, we jumped at the chance.

*gifted press visit*

We made our way to the trail following on the directions on the site and knowing it as a local, they were spot on.

We arrived and walked to the entrance hut which felt cosy and inviting and was filled with adults and children all ready to walk the trail. After an introduction from the owner, we grabbed our map and headed out on the trail.

With Freya doing a mixture of walking and being carried, it took us around 25 minutes to walk around the trail. This didn’t include taking part in the maze as Freya wasn’t interested in going round it.

After the trail itself, we got to wander around the Fairy museum which was absolutely beautiful and contained some hidden surprises. (I won’t be sharing these as I don’t want to ruin it for any future visitors that might read this post).

The trail has a gorgeous seating area both inside and outside to cater for differing weather and they advised that food will soon be served which will be fantastic once it gets going.

Overall we absolutely loved the trail and even better that it’s on our doorstep. Thank you to Northwood Trail for having us last week.

Laura x

*Press event – gifted experience*

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